The Science of Mindfulness : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Ronald Siegel Psy.D. Rutgers University
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? That trying to change bad habits can seem impossible? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life?
Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain's hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.
For thousands of years, people have used mindfulness practices to deal effectively with a wide range of life challenges. But how exactly does mindfulness work, in scientific terms? How can the human brain, which gives rise to so many of our problems, actually provide a solution?
We are now in the midst of an explosion of scientific research demonstrating that mindfulness practice changes both the function and the structure of the brain. Numerous studies show which parts of the brain are affected by mindfulness practice, and how these neurobiological changes benefit our minds and bodies.
Now, in the 24 fascinating lectures of The Science of Mindfulness, Professor Siegel, a clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School, reveals the science behind mindfulness in compelling detail and demonstrates its application to a wide range of issues - psychological, social, and medical. You'll examine the neurobiology underlying ancient practices that are now profoundly influencing the contemporary world. And you'll learn many practical ways you can use mindfulness techniques in your own life.
This playful, caring course demonstrates the effectiveness of mindfulness in responding to many of humanity's fundamental existential problems.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


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Would you consider the audio edition of The Science of Mindfulness to be better than the print version?

I've never tried to read this. Audio version is Great!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Mindfulness?

The listening! The knowledge attained! Priceless!

What does Professor Ronald Siegel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Personality. Very enjoyable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Because I chose to listen to this book, I can actually say that the entire book moved me on a very deep level and changed my essence. It gave me a full understanding of who we are. And how to change that within us that is negative.

Any additional comments?

Very beneficial. Very educational, glad I invested the time.

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- Denise

Incredible humanity

Wonderful introduction to the topic of mindfulness. Lovingly narrated by Professor Siegel. The guided meditations aren't specially marked, but can be found in the final chapters..
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- S. Nanra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-08-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses